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The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of runs by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and enough dashes of defense to negate the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams.
Saints’ Ingram cherishing playoff run as uncertainty looms
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Mark Ingram readily acknowledges that his last game with the Saints could come Sunday, when New Orleans hosts the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC championship game.
But Ingram hasn't given up on bucking conventional wisdom and remaining with New Orleans, even though his contract is expiring and the Saints will have to worry about signing younger, more productive running back Alvin Kamara to his second NFL contract in the next couple of years.
Saints: Payton used Lombardi Trophy, cash, as motivation
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Lombardi Trophy, stacks of cash totaling more than $200,000 and a Super Bowl ring — flanked by armed guards — were among the sights Saints players saw when they showed up at team headquarters this week to prepare for their playoff opener.
Recently banged-up Saints line showing signs of healing
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Saints starting right guard Larry Warford came out of the trainer's room, he scooped a mini basketball off the floor of the locker room and casually executed a quick, spinning dribble around a teammate.
Running games overshadowed by QBs in national title game
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In four years at Alabama, Damien Harris has shared the backfield with several runners who either have or will play in the NFL.
From Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake in 2015, to Bo Scarbrough the next two years, to his current running mates Najee Harris and Joshua Jacobs, the top-ranked Crimson Tide (14-0) have always had a variety of running threats to fuel their offense.
Ingram making his mark on Saints history
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mark Ingram insists his march into Saints history was never fueled by criticism that he was a bust during his underwhelming first few NFL seasons.
That doesn't mean the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner with Alabama, and 2011 first-round draft choice by New Orleans, was able to tune out such slights entirely.
Saints, Brees piling up points at franchise-record rate
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The dynamic Saints running back duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara agree that the word "savage" best describes New Orleans' offense.
Certainly, the Saints are scoring so often, and in so many ways, it's enough to bruise defenders' egos.
"I'm glad we don't have to play them," Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone said Monday, a day after New Orleans broke the 50-point mark in a victory over Cincinnati.
Here comes Who Dey vs. Who Dat. Say what?
Here comes Who Dey vs. Who Dat.
The Who Dat folks from New Orleans go head-on with the Who Dey fans in Cincinnati on Sunday. And don't ask which group first came up with its catchy phrase and odd rendering of the English language.
"Who Dey? I don't understand. I'm baffled," says Saints running back Mark Ingram. "It's like, did they copy us? Or not? I don't know. Who Dat! Who Dat! Who Dat! ..."
FANTASY PLAYS: Burning questions for Week 6 in football
A look at some key fantasy questions for Week 6:
SHOULD ALVIN KAMARA OWNERS BE CONCERNED AFTER MARK INGRAM'S TWO TD PERFORMANCE?
No. Ingram played 16.1 percent more snaps than Kamara in Week 5 but the Saints jumped out to a big early lead, calling for them to run. Compared with Kamara, Ingram is a more traditional type of RB.
FANTASY PLAYS: Burning questions for Week 5 in football
A look at some key fantasy questions for Week 5:
CAN YOU START SAINTS RB MARK INGRAM IN HIS FIRST GAME BACK FROM SUSPENSION?
Saints QB Brees says he’s focused on Redskins, not record
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on the cusp of making NFL history.
So what else is new?
"Just another day in the life of being a teammate of Drew Brees," said Saints running back Mark Ingram.
"He breaks records every year — always something he's breaking, always something he's accomplishing, always some milestone he's setting. That's special just to know that no one in the game has done what you've done."
Ingram returns to Saints with ‘a lot of stuff pent up’
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Mark Ingram could see that the New Orleans Saints' offense was doing fine without him while he was at home in Florida, watching on television like any other fan during his four-game suspension.
The veteran running back also would like to think New Orleans could be even better with him in the game plan, particularly in light of how fresh and motivated he feels after spending a month away from the club.
Payton says Saints’ last-ranked run game not in ‘crisis’
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton said it's too early to judge New Orleans' last-ranked running game.
Saints not worried about unbalanced offense _ yet
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees isn't worried about the Saints' conspicuously heavy reliance on the passing game during a season-opening loss.
On one hand, the result begs the question of how much the four-game suspension of running back Mark Ingram is affecting New Orleans' ability to gain advantages in time of possession from running the ball. At the same time, one game does not make a trend and it's hard to be overly critical of an approach that produced 475 yards and 40 points.
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Saints set to add Smith, Meredith to potent passing game
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees has his three most productive receiving targets back from last season — and then some.
The addition of free agent Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre'Quan Smith, combined with the four-game suspension of 2017 rushing leader Mark Ingram, has set the stage for the Saints to revert to a more pass-heavy attack — if they choose.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Alvin Kamara dismisses the notion that his approach to his second NFL camp should change because of the four-game suspension looming over fellow Saints Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram.
Whether Kamara and the running game are as effective without Ingram when the regular season opens remains to be seen. But Kamara expresses confidence in New Orleans' plan to deal with it.
Saints add veteran running back Shane Vereen
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran running back Shane Vereen in a move that could help the club respond to Mark Ingram's early season suspension.
Vereen, whose signing was announced by the club on Wednesday, has served as a runner and receiver with New England and the New York Giants during seven NFL seasons.
He gained 838 yards from scrimmage and scored five touchdowns for the Patriots' 2014 squad that won the Super Bowl.
Ingram arrives for 1st day of Saints’ minicamp
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Running back Mark Ingram was a late arrival to the New Orleans Saints' offseason program and he'll be a late arrival for the regular season as well.
But he says he's not behind schedule and will hit the ground running when he finishes a four-game suspension to start the season.
Ingram, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons, is being disciplined for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Representatives for Mark Ingram say the Saints running back did not test positive for a performance enhancing drug and is weighing options for challenging his four-game suspension.
Paul Bobbitt and David Jones of VIP Sports Management say Ingram was using a substance that is permitted by the NFL with a "proper use exemption."
Ingram's agents did not specify which substance Ingram used.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NFL says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four regular season games of 2018 because of a violation of the league's performance enhancing drug policy.
The league has not released details about whether Ingram has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug or simply a banned masking agent.
After major changes in the slot last season, Saints could look to add a playmaker to offense
It was easy to see some of the ways the Saints' offense changed last season.
Everyone noticed it. Teams started to stack the box because they thought they had a better chance of winning when Drew Brees was passing the ball than when it was in the hands of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
But other changes were also happening. The way Brees distributed the ball, and the routes often targeted, changed from previous seasons. The numbers also illustrate a potential area of need for the Saints.
Big plays, points expected at Pro Bowl despite new faces
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has ridden every roller-coaster he could get to at Disney World the past few days.
Space Mountain. The Incredible Hulk. Expedition Everest.
His favorite? Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, which reaches nearly 60 mph.
The thrill rides are probably the only full-speed adventures Ingram will find this week.
New Orleans Saints Owner Tom Benson and his wife, Executive Officer Gayle Benson, aren’t on the sideline during the players’ stretch period, and General Manager Mickey Loomis also is absent due to another assignment (the Senior Bowl, in Mobile, Ala.).
And, too, that portion of practice took place without the musical accompaniment that usually is provided by Director of Player Engagement/D.J. Fred McAfee.
For Who Dats, the ultimate ‘fan impact play’ might come down to ritual, tradition, mojo
When the Saints play the Vikings on Sunday afternoon, Jacob Guth will be changing, constantly.
He doesn’t just wear one Saints jersey on game day. He has to switch between a pair of them. He sports his vintage Rickey Jackson jersey when the Saints defense is on the field and his Mark Ingram jersey when the offense has the ball.
Some people think it’s weird, but he doesn’t care. It’s not just a tradition; at this point he feels a sense of responsibility.
The Vikings Eric Kendricks spent the regular season disrupting great offensive teams. The third-year linebacker recorded 113 tackles 33 more than the teams No. 2 tackler, safety Andrew Sendejo good for the 15th-highest mark in the NFL.
Mark Ingram offered encouragement to Alabama phenom Tua Tagovailoa at Sugar Bowl
A lot of college football fans were blown away by Tua Tagovailoa bringing Alabama back from the brink to win the national championship on Monday night.
Not Mark Ingram.
Ingram, who remains heavily involved with Alabama football and makes it to any game he can, remembered seeing the freshman sling it for the first time back in April.
"I saw him play in the spring game," Ingram said. "I kind of knew what we had back there."
Video: Watch Sean Payton, Drew Brees get down in the Saints locker room following playoff win
If the New Orleans Saints 31-26 victory over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Wild Card Sunday made you want to jump up and dance, you weren't alone.
Running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram gave fans a peek at the Saints' locker room following the win on their Instagram accounts, showing a typical postgame celebration -- happy players, loud music and everyone dancing.
The Grinch of cleats: Saints’ Alvin Kamara fined by NFL for Christmas footwear
When Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara decided to leave on his Santa Claus-inspired cleats during Sunday's game against the Falcons, he knew the NFL might take issue with the decision.
Even though Mark Ingram said the NFL would be the Grinch for fining him.
Kamara found out Thursday that he was fined $6,079 by the NFL.
Saints crediting rookies Lattimore, Kamara for resurgence
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and running back Alvin Kamara have one game left to improve New Orleans' chances of matching a feat accomplished once in NFL history — a half-century ago.
The teammates have made a case for offensive and defensive rookies of the year in the same season.
Drew Brees becomes third quarterback in NFL history to pass for 70,000 yards
Drew Brees has taken another step on his ascent to the top of the NFL passing records mountain.
Brees became the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 70,000 yards in his career with a 13-yard screen to Mark Ingram in the first quarter, joining Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
Nobody has reached the milestone faster. Brees reached 70,000 in the 248th game of his career, beating Manning to the mark by 10 games.
Kamara could change the equation in Falcons-Saints rematch
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara, a rematch with rival Atlanta is all about unfinished business.
Kamara, who has 1,336 yards from scrimmage and a team-leading 12 touchdowns as both a runner and receiver, played little in New Orleans' first meeting with the Falcons.
He was knocked out of the Dec. 7 game in Atlanta with a concussion during the Saints' first offensive series and watched the rest of the game, which the Saints lost 20-17, on a television in the locker room.
Saints ride Thomas’ clutch catches to crucial win vs. Jets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An official briefly followed Michael Thomas back toward the Saints' huddle, warning the receiver against continuing to toss the ball downfield to no one in particular as a way of celebrating his first-down catches.
The act was getting tiresome for those who had to retrieve the ball because Thomas kept coming through with clutch grabs to ensure New Orleans would keep the New York Jets at bay.
Ingram, Thomas lift Saints over Jets, 31-19
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mark Ingram gave the Saints much more than the first-down run they needed to wind down the clock on the Jets.
His determined burst across the line of scrimmage thrust him into New York's defensive backfield with too much speed and vigor for anyone to catch him — a fitting finish to one of his better days in a memorable season.
Alvin Kamara returns to practice, three Saints not spotted during open portion
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara returned to practice during the portion open to the media on Wednesday.
Kamara suffered a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons.
An NFL player who suffers a concussion must progress through five steps of the league's concussion protocol, of which the final step is a player returning to full-contact practice without restriction.
Drew Brees, Saints sound off on injury risks of Thursday night football
ATLANTA — The New Orleans Saints flew out of Atlanta on Thursday night with a team that is more banged up than after any other game this season.
Alvin Kamara and Senio Kelemete suffered concussions. A cart came to get rookie defensive end Trey Hendrickson off of the sideline after an examination. Middle linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro both left the game due to groin injuries.
ATLANTA — The New Orleans Saints are close to having all hands on deck for Thursday night's showdown with the Atlanta Falcons.
Cornerback Marshon Lattimore is active, returning to action after missing the past two games due to an ankle injury suffered against the Washington Redskins.
Falcons, Saints both missing starting LG because of injuries
ATLANTA (AP) — Andy Levitre's streak of 140 consecutive starts since entering the NFL ended Thursday when the Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman was inactive because of a triceps injury.
Ben Garland started in Levitre's place at left guard.
The Saints were missing their left guard, as well. Andrus Peat was inactive with a groin injury.
Who will play? Chances are a lot of the guys on the injury report will suit up this week, but there are some notable names on there like Marshon Lattimore and Mark Ingram. It will be a major hit if either of those guys is forced to sit this game out and would change how New Orleans operates.
All eyes on the running backs in Saints-Falcons showdown
ATLANTA (AP) — If you like running backs, you've come to the right game.
When the first-place New Orleans Saints face the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night in an NFC South matchup with serious playoff ramifications, the spotlight will be on the guys in the backfield.
All four of them.
The Saints (9-3) boast the league's most dynamic duo. Mark Ingram has rushed for 922 yards and nine touchdowns, while also being on the receiving end of 42 passes from Drew Brees.
The Saints are facing some injuries this week.
The good news is that cornerback Marshon Lattimore returned from his ankle injury and practiced in a limited capacity. The bad news is that running back Mark Ingram (toe) and guard Andrus Peat (groin) did not practice.
It's unclear when Ingram and Peat suffered injuries, but it's likely they occurred during Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Soaring Saints tandem, Vikings ascension accentuate Adrian Peterson’s fall
Adrian Petersons worth was undeniable five years ago when he won NFL Most Valuable Player while carrying the Vikings into the playoffs. Sadly, his value today is equally unmistakable because of the ways in which his former teams have catapulted into the top four spots in the NFC while he quietly fades away in the desert.
The New Orleans Saints did not practice on Monday.
But because the team is playing on Thursday night, the NFL requires the Saints to release an estimated injury report.
Left tackle Terron Armstead (thigh/shoulder), free safety Marcus Williams (groin) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ankle) would not have practiced.
Snap Counts: Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram split snaps right down the middle against Carolina
Trading Adrian Peterson has had its desired effect.
The New Orleans Saints cleared the deck for Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, who are now sharing snaps at an almost equal rate as they tear through the NFL.
Kamara took 37 snaps against the Panthers, and Ingram took 36 out of the offense's 64 snaps — and yes, that means the Saints have both running backs on the field together a handful of times per game.
Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara still searching for nickname to fit Saints’ brilliant duo
The unique one-two punch that has driven the Saints to the top of the NFC South this season has been so brilliant that the New Orleans fan base has been racking its brain trying to think of a nickname.
Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara see suggestions on their Twitter accounts all the time.
"Thunder and lightning" has been done before. "Smash and dash" came close.
Ingram likes "Boom and Zoom."
"It's kind of unique, and I haven't heard of that before," Ingram said. "I think that's my favorite one so far."
Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara keep pounding in 31-21 win over Carolina that gives Saints control of NFC South
A Saints team that has been known mostly for finesse outside the city of New Orleans took control of the NFC South by force on Sunday.
For the last half a decade, the Carolina Panthers have been the NFC South's bruiser, a team built on running teams into the ground and beating them up on defense in a division otherwise known for the aerial attacks in New Orleans and Atlanta.
Drew Brees, Mark Ingram sweep FedEx Air and Ground Player of the Week awards
The Saints continue to rack up FedEx awards.
And now they're starting to double up. For the first time this season, the Saints swept the fan-voted FedEx Air and Ground awards, which results in a donation of $4,000 to the USO.
Drew Brees, who threw for 385 yards, two touchdowns and one interception to bring New Orleans back against Washington, won the FedEx Air award, and Mark Ingram won his fourth FedEx Ground award by rushing for 134 yards.